SCFB honors service

At the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau fall meeting, held Oct. 4, at the Montrose Bible Conference are, seated from left, Donna Williams and Alton Arnold. Standing are Dave Williams, Rep. Sandra Major, Senator Lisa Baker and Robert Perhacs. They were on hand to see Arnold receive the SCFB's Volunteer Impact Program award.

Three people who have contributed to agriculture, conservation and the growth of Susquehanna County and the Farm Bureau were recognized at SCFB Fall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Montrose Bible Conference.

SCFB President Donna Williams presented the Volunteer Impact Program award to Alton Arnold who has been associated with the organization since 1979.

According to Williams, Arnold has been active in membership and many other committees.

Assisting with the award ceremony were State Rep. Sandra Major and Sen. Lisa Baker.

“I appreciate Farm Bureau’s commitment to making agriculture the number one industry in the state,” Major said.

She spoke of the legislation that makes it possible to pass family farms from one generation to the next without inheritance tax that often made it necessary to sell farm to meet the tax obligation. “This has been in the works ever since I have been in office,” Major said.

Baker brought greetings from Senator Yaw before praising Arnold, a good friend of the late Sen. Charles Lemmond, on his leadership and commitment to Susquehanna County.

State Farm Bureau Director Pauline Fallon presented the Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award to John Benscoter who has been with the Susquehanna County Conservation District for 30 years, retiring on Oct. 5. Benscoter’s outstanding commitment to soil conservation was emphasized by Fallon.

Josh Epstein received the Nationwide Incentive Award from Ted Place. Epstein was responsible for the greatest number of new members since the spring meeting.

Director Mickey Klim gave the nominating committee’s report by placing the names of Donna Williams, Alton Arnold, James Barbour, Joseph Plonski, John Benscoter, Joseph and Nancy Decker (co-directors) in nomination as directors of SCFB.

The committee’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the membership.

Directors Jim Barbour and Pauline Fallon presented the 2012 policy recommendations that included changes in county, state and national programs such as Ag Preservation; natural gas and oil industry royalties; support for Extension; opposition to county income or sales tax; use of Act 13 impact fee allocation; eliminating national debt; and in support of Farm Markets at rest areas along federal highways.